10 Best Shows You Need to Watch This Fall

It has probably already become obvious, but if you haven’t figured it out just yet – we are huge Television fans here at MintVine.  So much, in fact, that we scrapped our weekly meetings for “Seinfeld Hour”. However, a new fall season means lots of new TV shows, and navigating through those shows can be as scary as it can be rewarding. So, in order to make your television viewing experience a little bit easier on you, we present the 10 Best Shows you need to be watching this fall – five new ones and five old ones.

Revolution

Airs: Monday, 10 pm, NBCRevolution has all the hallmarks of the latest, great serial drama, created by Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke, executive produced by Lost‘s J.J. Abrams, and the pilot episode was even directed by Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau. For those of you who have yet to see it, the series takes place 15 years after a catastrophe simply known as the Blackout caused every piece of modern technology to stop working. That means no lights, no planes, no motor cars—the entire world has basically been rendered a post-apocalyptic Gilligan’s Island. Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos), a spunky young woman with archery skills that would shame Katniss Everdeen, embarks on a quest with her surly Uncle Miles (Billy Burke) to rescue her brother Danny (Graham Rogers), who was taken by a militia led by Captain Neville (Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito). Gen. Monroe (David Lyons) ordered capture of the Matheson boy in order to lure his old comrade Miles out of hiding in the hopes that he might hold the key for turning the world’s power back on.

The Big Bang Theory

Premieres: September 27, 8 pm, CBSMuch like the monumental event that the show derives its title from, the universe of The Big Bang Theory has evolved and expanded over the past five seasons to become one of the most watched and critically acclaimed comedies currently on TV—not to mention being one of the smartest too. From the moment Cheesecake Factory waitress Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moved in across the hall from Caltech physicists Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), neither their lives or those of their closest friends—including fellow physicist Rajesh Kothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), engineer Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s own Wil Wheaton—would ever be the same as their two disparate worlds collided. Last season found Leonard and Penny rekindling their on again/off again relationship, Sheldon growing closer to his “girlfriend” Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik, who has a real-life Ph.D. in neuroscience), and Wolowitz marrying Penny’s friend Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), just as he blasts off for the ISS. The show’s brainy reputation has led to some amazing guest stars, including Stephen Hawking, Apple’s Steve Wozniak, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Last Resort

Premieres: September 27, 8 pm, ABCShawn Ryan’s The Shield is considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the greatest television shows of all time and the best cop drama, period. So it only makes sense that his latest creation Last Resort would be generating a lot of buzz here at our office.

The fictional USS Colorado, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, receives a mysterious order to launch a nuclear first strike against Pakistan. The plot revolves around the resulting cat-and-mouse game that ensues between the U.S. Navy and the sub when Capt. Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) defies that order. The only hope for the submarine and the lives of the crew are a delicate nuclear detente, as Chaplin and his XO, Lt. Cmdr. Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman), commandeer the island nation of Sainte Marina as they desperately try and unravel the conspiracy against them and prove their innocence. While the premise sounds highly implausible, the solid writing and breakneck pace of the pilot episode make this one of our most hotly anticipated fall series.

Elementary

Premieres: September 27, 10 pm, CBSThere has never been a fictional sleuth as enduring as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation Sherlock Holmes, and almost all modern-day police procedurals owe an immense debt to the British detective’s cunning combination of deductive reasoning paired with a love of forensic science. In fact, between Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster films, the BBC’s hit series Sherlock, and now with CBS’s Elementary, Holmes is having a moment. Much like the BBC show, the classic character is given a modern-day makeover, but that’s where the similarities end, as Elementary‘s Holmes, played with scruffy charm by Johnny Lee Miller, is a recovering addict living in New York City, and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, is now a woman (Lucy Liu). For anyone unfamiliar with the rich history of the character, this is about as seismic a change in the Holmes universe as one could ever imagine. But the show’s creators swear there will never be any romance between the two, though the possibility of other romantic entanglements aren’t out of the question.

Fringe

Premieres: September 28, 9 pm, FOXAs J.J. Abrams’ mind-bending science-fiction series Fringe begins its fifth and final season, the creators have decided to turn things on their ear, and that’s saying something for a show that deals with such high concepts as parallel universes, evil doppelgangers, and alternate timelines on a weekly basis. Using the fourth season head-scratcher, Letters of Transit, as a jumping-off point, the characters are propelled into the year 2036, a dystopian future where the world has fallen under the control of the Observers, a race of pale, bald, black-suited, fedora-wearing beings from the 26th century. Ironically, this isn’t the first Fox series to make a foray into the near future, as the short-lived War of the Worlds(1988–1990) also made the leap from its promising first season full of government cover-ups and slimy three-fingered aliens to a dreary second season on an alien-ruled Earth. Warned of the Observer’s takeover plans, Walter Bishop (John Noble) encases himself and his team in amber in order to be revived and help take back the planet.

Homeland

Premieres: September 30, 10 pm, ShowtimeHomeland, based on the critically acclaimed Israeli series Hatufim, was the surprise hit of last season and most recently walked away with Emmys for outstanding drama series and outstanding lead actor and actress in a drama for its stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. With 24‘s seemingly unstoppable superagent, Jack Bauer, having ridden off into the sunset—for now at least—we’ve finally been given a post-9/11 espionage drama that features characters on both sides of the war on terror, who are showing the physical and psychological ramifications their actions bring. Last season introduced us to Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Lewis), returning home a war hero after being held prisoner by al-Qaida for the past eight years, and CIA operations officer Carrie Mathison (Danes) who is secretly investigating him, convinced that he has been brainwashed into a terrorist sleeper agent. Season two picks up with the troubled Carrie out of the agency and her one-time nemesis Brody being vetted to be the next vice president of the U.S.

666 Park Avenue

Premieres: September 30, 10 pm, ABCNetwork television has always had a rocky relationship with the horror genre, opting for scares rooted more in the psychological than the supernatural, but ABC is taking a chance with 666 Park Avenue, based loosely on Gabriella Pierce’s series of novels. It’s The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby. Make no mistake, 666 Park Avenue will have none of the over-the-top gore or sick twists found in the likes of FX’s American Horror Story, but with Terry O’Quinn, Lost‘s John Locke, as the proprietor of The Drake, the titular residence of the series, the creep quotient is certainly upped. The show follows a young couple (Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor) who answer an ad to be the new on-site managers but quickly realize that all is not as it seems in their new tony Upper East Side digs.

 Supernatural

Premieres: October 3, 9 pm, The CWMuch like the undead, mythological, and demonic forces that the valiant Winchester brothers face week in and week out, Supernatural just will not die. Creator Eric Kripke originally envisioned an overarching storyline for the series spanning five seasons, but the fans—and the network—had other ideas. Following in the footsteps of such great cult shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Supernatural follows the trials and tribulations of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles),the last in a long line of monster hunters. Unlike other shows of this ilk, Supernatural realized early on with the death of the Winchester patriarch (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) that in order to maintain tension, no one could be off-limits, with many of the Winchester’s allies, and even the brother’s themselves, dying (they eventually got better). Dean and the Angel Castiel (Misha Collins) were trapped in Purgatory after saving the world at the end of last season, but now Dean has returned a changed man.

Arrow

Premieres: October 10, 8 pm, The CWWith the finale of the CW’s long-running superhero series Smallville last year, there’s now a noticeable dearth of caped crusaders on the tube. The hip, action-packed Arrow hopes to change that, offering up a streamlined version of DC’s popular Green Arrow character, created back in 1941. Not to be confused with the Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) who appeared on Smallville, Arrow (Stephen Amell) is the alter ego of Oliver Queen, the son of billionaire industrialist Robert Queen (Homeland‘s Jamey Sheridan), who was forced to survive for five years on an island after a boating accident. The show aims to please fans of the comic by including series stalwarts such as love interest Dinah Lance (Katie Cassidy) and villainous archer Merlyn (Colin Donnell).

The Walking Dead

Premieres: October 14, 9 pm, AMCAMC’s The Walking Dead has the unenviable task of straddling two separate-but-equal worlds: that of creator Robert Kirkman’s critically acclaimed ongoing comic-book of the same name and that of the show’s universe, which sometimes lurches and staggers like one of the series’ zombies. When going back and viewing the first two seasons as three six-episode story arcs, one gains an appreciation for the series slow-burn storytelling approach. But fans of both gasped at season two’s finale, which ended the brewing rivalry between Deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his former bff Shane (Jon Bernthal) once and for all, as well as gave audiences the first glimpse of the survivor’s new sanctuary—an abandoned prison—and the promise that it holds. I’m not spoiling anything by saying that the introduction of the prison setting and the neighboring town of Woodbury, as well as the addition of fan-favorite characters Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the Governor (David Morrissey), have elevated the level of anticipation for the premiere to all-time highs.

Your 2014 Emmy’s Breakdown

If you haven’t heard it by now, we are all living in “The Golden Age of Television”. Whether it’s a new story about certain A-list movie stars signing up for a new television show, or your co-worker going on and on about how they watched 34 episodes of Breaking Bad in 2 days, you’d have to be living under a rock to not here about how TV has quickly become (again) the hippest medium of entertainment.  So, with TV’s biggest night coming up on August 25th, we thought we’d give you the rundown of who’s getting what at this years Emmy’s

 

While this years ballot surely reflects television’s changing tastes and trends from last season to this season, there are certain staples that seem to rise above such things like Game of Thrones (which secured 19 total nominations), Mad Men (as it prepares to head off into the sunset), Breaking Bad (which did), Louie and HBO as an entity, which brought in 99 nominations to outpace all other networks. While those shows always seem to be mortal locks every year, there is also room for some fresh blood and this season saw a few impressive debuts, most notably True DetectiveFargo and Silicon Valley, which find themselves competing for best series honors in the drama, comedy and miniseries categories and various individual acting honors (save for Silicon Valley, which is a bit of a snub for the members of that talented ensemble).

As always, the snubs tend to draw more attention than a lot of the projects that get selected and this year is no different. Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg is absent from the lead actor in a comedy list as is his show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and theOrphan Black Clone Clubbers have taken to social media to voice their intense displeasure over the snub of Tatiana Maslany. Other names come to mind as well like Melissa McBride from The Walking Dead, David Tennant and Olivia Colman fromBroadchurch, Dean Norris from Breaking Bad, Mindy Kaling from The Mindy Project, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones and Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show. I could rattle off another dozen names, but that’s the beauty of these nomination ceremonies – they really make you sit down and reflect on the year in television and think about some of the best performances that you saw.

Below, you’ll find the list of the official nominees, but feel free to let us know about who you think got snubbed.

Drama

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Lead Actor in a Drama

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jeff Daniels in (The Newsroom)
Jon Hamm in (Mad Men)
Woody Harrelson in (True Detective)
Matthew McConaughey in (True Detective)
Kevin Spacey in (House of Cards)

Lead Actress in a Drama

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Supporting Actor in a Drama

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

Supporting Actress in a Drama

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

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Comedy

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy

Louis CK (Louis)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
William H Macy (Shameless)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Fred Armisen (Portlandia)
Tony Hale (Veep)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Outstanding Animated Program

Archer
Bob’s Burgers
Futurama
South Park
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project

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Miniseries/TV Movie

Outstanding Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
Fargo
Luther
Treme
The White Queen

Outstanding TV Movie

Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Las Vow
The Trip to Bountiful

 

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Helena Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor)
Minnie Driver (Return to Zero)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Coven)
Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Beautiful)
Kristen Wiig (The Spoils of Babylon)

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart)
Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart)
Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Martin Freeman (Sherlock)

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Frances Conroy (American Horror Story: Coven)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven)
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Coven)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)
Ellen Burstyn (Flowers In the Attic)
Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart)

Reality 

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host Reality-Competition Program

Betty White (Betty White’s Off Their Rockers)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Anthony Bourdain (The Taste)

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Variety

Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs on August 25th @8PM ET on NBC with host Seth Meyers

 

2014 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy

 

Fantasy Football 2014: Breaking Down Best Draft Strategy and Cheat Sheet
Preseason football has begun, so that can only mean one thing – your fantasy football draft is right around the corner.  Excited for draft night but nervous because you haven’t had a chance to do your homework yet? Mintvine has done it for you.  Check out this breakdown of the 2014 Fantasy Football Season brought to you by none other than Bleacher Report.

There is no tried-and-true fantasy strategy that transcends all leagues and drafts. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all drafting ideology that will guarantee you success. The truth is, the real key to fantasy drafting is flexibility.

How do you respond to that run on quarterbacks a round before you expected it? What do you do if that sleeper running back you were targeting is taken a few picks before you planned on nabbing him? What happens when you have one of those drafts where your targets aren’t quite falling to you?

Those are the factors that really make a draft. But there are a few things you can do to ensure you put yourself in a good position to weather the fantasy storms.

For starters, it’s vitally important to have a rock-solid strategy for the early rounds in your draft. That’s what we’ll be focusing on here. Let’s start by taking a look at my top 25 players in fantasy drafts this year. In a 10-man league, you ideally want to snag three of these players.

 

Mocking the Top 25 Fantasy Players
Draft Slot Player Team Position
1 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles RB
2 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings RB
3 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs RB
4 Matt Forte Chicago Bears RB
5 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos QB
6 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks RB
7 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints TE
8 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions WR
9 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers RB
10 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints QB
11 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB
12 Arian Foster Houston Texans RB
13 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals WR
14 Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos WR
15 Zac Stacy St. Louis Rams RB
16 Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB
17 Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys WR
18 Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears WR
19 DeMarco Murray Dallas Cowboys RB
20 Alfred Morris Washington RB
21 Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons WR
22 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers QB
23 Matt Stafford Detroit Lions QB
24 Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers RB
25 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers WR

 

This year is a tricky season for fantasy owners in the early rounds, much trickier than in years past. On one hand, after a season with so many duds, injuries and surprises at the running-back position, the prevailing logic this year would be to quickly snatch reliable running backs early and often.

On the other hand, how many truly reliable running backs are there? Last season, players like Arian FosterRay RiceDoug MartinC.J. Spiller and Trent Richardson were all either first- or second-round picks. Be it due to injury, a timeshare in the backfield or simply a surprising dip in form, all were major flops.

They weren’t the only ones. Stevan Ridley couldn’t hold on to the ball.Darren McFadden again couldn’t stay on the field. Maurice Jones-Drew and Chris Johnson were less effective than in years past. More than a few teams relied on a backfield-by-committee approach.

Sleepers and pleasant surprises emerged, like Zac Stacy, KnowshonMoreno and Eddie Lacy, but in general, the position led to more than a few fantasy players pulling out their hair.

 

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And that’s why the early rounds are so tricky this year. Generally in the first two rounds you target can’t-miss players, guys you know are safe picks and will reliably produce points on a weekly basis. You can take calculated risks in these rounds, but you are never simply throwing all of your eggs into the “potential” basket here.

But this year, how many running backs can you truly rely on?

Barring injury, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal CharlesMatt ForteAdrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch all seem pretty safe. Sure, Charles will probably see his touchdown total drop. Yes, Lynch’s insane workload over the past three seasons is somewhat concerning. But in general, the top five at the position is your “I can sleep soundly knowing I drafted this player” tier.

Lacy seems like a pretty safe selection himself, but if Aaron Rodgersstays healthy for a full season and the Green Bay Packers air it out, Lacy’s upside isn’t as high as the top-five guys. Still, toward the end of the first round, he’s a strong pick.

After that come the question marks. For starters, can players like Foster and DeMarco Murray stay healthy? The following tweet from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle might give you pause: Texans’ Arian Foster considered retirement after back surgery http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2014/08/texans-arian-foster-considered-retirement-after-back-surgery/ 

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Is Stacy the real deal, or will Tre Mason eat into his touches? Was Martin’s rookie season an aberration? (He wasn’t having a great year when he got hurt, remember.) Alfred Morris seems safe, but his upside seems tempered, especially with Washington more likely to air it out withDeSean JacksonPierre Garcon and Jordan Reed in the passing game. Will Le’Veon Bell score enough touchdowns to have a big season?

All of those players should be considered in the second round. The problem is, safer players will also be available in that round.

If Rodgers or Drew Brees fall into the second round, don’t you want to take the sure thing at quarterback? What about sure things at wide receiver like A.J. GreenDemaryius ThomasDez Bryant and Brandon Marshall? What do you do if Jimmy Graham drops? (Though he really should be a first-rounder.)

And let’s not forget about Julio Jones, who should have a big year. We may not see him a ton in the preseason, of course, but his receivers coach Terry Robiskie said he’s coming along nicely in camp, per MarkInabinett of AL.com:

It’s just the fact that he’s moving good. Most of the time guys who are coming off an injury, you’ve got that little gimp or you see a sense of it on a certain cut or a certain plant. … He’s just been smooth. He’s gliding. He’s running. … But to say he’s back 100 percent, I can’t say that. But he’s moving really, really good.

So there’s that to consider as well. All of this raises the question: Do you take the plunge on a riskier running back, or do you go with the surer thing at a different position?

Honestly, this is where you need to take the temperature of your league. If running backs are flying off the board fast and furious in the second round, take the plunge on a back. There will be value at the other positions later in the draft.

But if there is a sudden run on quarterbacks or wide receivers, join it. Gladly take the safer player in the second round and nab your backs a round or two later, when all of the players left all come with their own risk anyway.

 

After all, the draft is about balancing reliability with upside. You never want to overpay for potential early in the draft. You never want to make low-upside picks later in the draft. You’re trying to maximize value with every selection, which is why you stay safe early on and start to take bigger risks as the draft reaches the later rounds.

How you start your draft will dictate how you finish it, though. When in doubt in those first two or three rounds, take the safer option.

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

Its official. MintVine 2.0 is finally going international! As of this morning we now have surveys going out to all our UK members. So, as a way to welcome them to the group we would like to help you get to know them.

The United Kingdom, a sovereign state under international law, is a member of intergovernmental organisations, the European Union and the United Nations. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are not themselves listed in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) list of countries. However the ISO list of the subdivisions of the UK is supplied by British Standards and the Office for National Statistics and so uses “country” to describe England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland, in contrast, is described as a “province” in the same lists. The Parliament of the United Kingdom and Government of the United Kingdom deal with all reserved matters for Northern Ireland and Scotland and all non-transferred matters for Wales, but not in general matters that have been devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly, Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales. Additionally, devolution in Northern Ireland is conditional on co-operation between the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of Ireland (see North/South Ministerial Council). The Government of the United Kingdom also consults with the Government of Ireland to reach agreement on some non-devolved matters for Northern Ireland (see British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference). England remains the full responsibility of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which is centralized in London.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way here are some fun facts about our colleagues across the pond:

As well as a great website that compiles a nice little dictionary of British Slang terms – http://www.effingpot.com/slang.shtml

Drinking in an English Bar

1. In England, in pubs or bars, you can have drinks but you are not allowed to get drunk; and in Scotland you are on the wrong side of the law if you are drunk and in possession of a cow.

The “Tube”

2. In London the tube route from Leicester Square to Covent Garden is the most popular tube route for tourists despite the fact that it is actually quicker to cover this distance on foot!

3. The tube system, despite being the first and the largest underground system in the world, is also the most unreliable and the costliest.

4. The 409 escalators in the London subway cover a distance every week which is approximately equivalent to several trips around the globe!

Royal Eccentrics

5. Not surprisingly, it is considered one of the strangest historical facts thatBerengaria of Navarre, who was married to King Richard of England, had never once stepped on English soil!

6. Did you know that the Windsor Castle is the oldest royal residence in the world that is still being used by the royal family and that the Buckingham Palace was built in 1702 on the site of an infamous brothel!

7. It is also believed to be haunted by many ghosts including those of Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King George, and Charles I.

8. The Queen of England, who once enjoyed extensive powers and authority over almost the whole world, and despite all her present majesty and glory, is not allowed to enter the House of Commons simply because she is not its member!

9. And in medieval England even animals were tried in royal courts and punished for damages they inflicted on people or their properties!

Tea Drinking

10. The English are tea addicts: an Englishman drinks more tea than any person of any other nation (over twenty times more than Americans!).

Big Ben is not a clock

11. Contrary to popular belief that Big Ben refers to the world famous clock, it is actually the name of the thirteen ton bell. The tower itself is known as St. Stephen’s Tower.

Where do they come from?

12. That London is one of the cities with the high cultural diversity in the world, can be gauged from the fact that about 25% of the inhabitants of London were born outside of England!

London, London

13. One of the most well-known theatres of The United Kingdom is the Theatre Royal Bristol that has been continuously staging “Cats” since 1766!

14. Did you know that London has had many names in the past? It was calledLondonium during the Roman Invasion, Ludenwic in Saxon times, andLudenburg during the kingdom of Alfred the Great.

15. The London Eye is the tallest observation wheel in the world and each rotation takes about 30 minutes.

16. In the Great Fire of London that wreaked havoc on the city and necessitated massive reconstruction work, the casualty count was only eight!

17. The treasures contained in the British Museum span two million years of world civilization.

The bridge that fell down 1000 years ago

18. You must have heard the “London Bridge is falling down” nursery rhyme. Did you know that this rhyme might be over a thousand years old? The Saxons destroyed London Bridge using boats and ropes to tear it down. People think that is how the rhyme originated.

19. Did you know that the River Thames, which flows through London, has over 200 bridges and 20 tunnels?
Something to keep in mind next time you’re walking back to your hotel near the tower of London!